Therapy Modalities

Pain Relief Therapy

This treatment option includes an array of virtually pain-free modalities aimed at calming the central nervous system and, in turn, reducing or eliminating chronic pain complaints. We believe that pain-free options generally lead to faster, better results, especially for those who have battled pain for extended periods of time. It is our experience that more intense pain responds better to lighter and gentler therapies. We use a combination of massage, light-touch trigger point, energy and breathing techniques and gentle movement, to help turn off the pain. These modalities are individualized in order to maximize the results.

Another type of pain relief therapy we offer is Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy–a specialized form of massage therapy. It involves identifying and de-activating painful nodules located within muscle tissue that causes radiating pain, weakness and loss of normal mobility. Interestingly, the place where a person feels pain is rarely where the cause of the problem is to be found.

As extensively trained Myofascial Trigger Point therapists, we seek out and treat the root of the pain rather than the symptoms. Another important aspect of this therapy involves teaching our clients simple movements and self-treatment techniques. This helps our clients get involved in their own wellness and it often speeds recovery. Learn more about trigger points and traditional Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy here…

Massage Therapy

Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective way to exchange stress (as well as fatigue and anxiety) for better sleep quality, more energy, improved concentration, and increased circulation.

Massage may also assist with many other health and wellness issues. It helps:

  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles
  • Increase joint flexibility
  • Prepare athletes for strenuous workouts or competition
  • Recovery from recreational or competitive sports activities
  • Release endorphins—the body’s natural painkiller
  • Ease medication dependence
  • Lessen depression and anxiety
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles
  • Relieve back pain
  • Soothe migraine pain
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating the body’s natural defenses
  • Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling
  • Shorten and/or ease labor for expectant mothers
  • Promote reduction of scar tissue and stretch marks

We offer a wide range of massage therapy options, including Swedish, Sports, Deep Tissue and Pregnancy Massage, to name a few.

Wellness Therapy

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic Drainage Massage (LDM) is both a wellness and pain treatment. It helps detoxify and decongest body tissue, reduce pain, and promote relaxation. It may be combined with regular massage and pain therapy, or used as a stand-alone treatment where indicated.

LDM is a specialized technique used to move excess fluid from body’s connective tissue towards the lymph channels for filtering and removal. Very light pressure is combined with specific hand movements and sequences in order to influence the direction and speed of lymphatic flow. The lymphatic system is the body’s waste management system. When it works properly and efficiently, it helps remove cellular waste, assists in bringing nutrients and oxygen to cells, and plays a major role in immunity. Specific benefits of LDM include:

  • Activating fluid circulation
  • Detoxification
  • Draining sluggish lymph nodes
  • Stimulating the immune system
  • Reducing tissue swelling and pain
  • Balancing the autonomic nervous system

LDM may ease headaches, tinnitus, and vertigo, by reducing tissue swelling in the head from the ear, nose and throat region. By stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, this technique helps combat stress, depression and insomnia. It can be useful in cleansing the body pre-surgery, reducing inflammation and accelerating healing post-surgery, promoting healing in scars, and reducing pain and muscle spasm after traumas, such as whiplash. Since it activates fluid circulation, LDM assists in removing metabolic waste following high-intensity sporting events, such as triathlons and marathons. Many other conditions may benefit from moving fluid out of the connective tissue and into the lymph system.

Aromatherapy

The use of essential oils to enhance good health naturally is continuing to gain acceptance in alternative and traditional medical circles alike. We are certified in the AromaTouch® Technique, developed by a highly regarded Chiropractic Physician. This technique involves the clinical application of essential oils to combat stress, insults to the immune system, inflammatory response, and imbalances in the autonomic nervous system. dōTERRA brand essential oils, which are considered by many to be the purest and best quality essential oils, are utilized.

During the session, eight specific oils are applied in a sequence to contact points on the back and feet using simple, massage-like techniques. The end-result is a powerful wellness experience. For more information on the technique itself, you can visit the AromaTouch® website.

dōTERRA essential oils may also be purchased individually for home use. Please contact us for more information.

Infrared Heat Therapy with the Amethyst Biomat

Far Infrared Heat Therapy has been proven effective in the treatment of sprains, muscle spasms, arthritis, neuralgia, stiffness and other pain-producing musculoskeletal conditions. Even individuals suffering from chronic pain or Fibromyalgia have reported symptom relief. We incorporate the FDA approved, state-of-the art healing tool – the Amethyst Biomat—into our practice.

The Amethyst Biomat’s Far Infrared Rays (FIR) deliver heat 6-8 inches into the body, reaching soft tissue, nerves, blood vessels and even organs. In turn, circulation increases, bringing in more oxygen and nutrients, and carrying away waste products. The gentle warmth of the Biomat, along with its Negative Ion Technology, acts as an antioxidant for the cells, which aids in reducing stress, improving sleep and increasing overall energy.

The Biomat may be used as a stand-alone treatment in the form of 40- or 60-minute sessions. Many clients report that the calming and pain-reducing effect leads to faster pain relief in a shorter period of time.

Learn more about the Amethyst Biomat here: anitapgh.biomatnetwork.com